Psychology - A.A. Degree

Open the Door to Many Career Options with a Degree in Psychology


Best Online Associate Degree in PsychologyPsychology is the science of behavior and mental processes. Psychology covers a broad field including the interrelationships between brain, environment and behavior. Psychology courses introduce you to theories and research findings that can help you understand yourself and others. You can apply what you learn about parenting, interpersonal skills, problem solving, stress management and emotional intelligence to your life and work. 

The Associate of Arts degree in Psychology is intended to provide you with the first two years of general requirements and a basis in psychology that will prepare you for transfer to a four-year college or university. It can be completed in just four semesters and may be attained completely online.

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Career Opportunities

Majoring in psychology opens the door to just about anything that involves working with people. Surveys of employers and psychology graduates indicate that the jobs obtained by psychology majors with a bachelor’s degree are most often in social service and business settings, such as 

  • Counseling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Teaching including higher education administration and student services support
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Market research

For a detailed analysis of career options, view or download Psychology: What Can I Do with this Major?

According to their 2016 predictions, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a job growth rate of 14 percent for psychologists through the year 2026. This growth rate is faster than the average for all occupations. Job growth is expected to rise highest for those entering the field of clinical, counseling, and school psychology.

For more information on career opportunities in Psychology, please visit Career Coach where you can explore the local job market, take a career assessment, and build a resumé.

What Will I Study?

The Associate of Arts degree in Psychology is intended to provide you with the first two years of general requirements and a foundation in psychology that will prepare you for transfer to a 4-year college or university.

You will study a variety of topics including:

  • Research and theory in the Psychology of learning
  • The study of behavior and mental processes
  • Human sexuality and gender issues
  • Life from conception to death
  • How to respond to environmental pressures and cope with stress
  • Assessment of personality
  • Statistical methods
  • In depth study of human behavior within the social environment
  • Community service and research through our Academic Cooperative

Curriculum Guide - Psychology, A.A.

*How Much Will the Program Cost?

Approximate yearly costs for the Psychology A.A. Degree program including tuition and fees are $4,200 for in-district students, $6,960 for students out-of-district, and $9,840 for non-residents. Additional fees for books and supplies may vary.

For more information on education costs, payment options, payment plans, deadlines and more, visit our Tuition and Fees section.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.  For more information, visit our Financial Aid section.

*Alvin Community College may change tuition rates and other fees without notice or when so directed by the Board of Regents.

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